Sheffield United’s slim hopes of bringing back David Brooks appear to be over, with Liverpool and Tottenham leading a five team charge to sign the Welsh winger.

The Daily Mail claims that Spurs, Liverpool, Everton, Leicester, and Manchester United are all still keen on Brooks, with a deal before Friday’s 5pm EFL deadline not out of the question.

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Chris Wilder fanned the flames of a potential reunion with Brooks last month when he admitted he’d like to see the midfielder back at Bramall Lane one day. Since then, rumours have continued to circle, with local and regional media continually hinting at a deal.

But this latest report would seem to put an end to any hopes the Blades have of bringing Brooks in. In addition, Bournemouth are looking for a mammoth fee for their man, something officials at Bramall Lane simply don’t have the resources to meet at present.

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The 23-year-old is back fit for the Cherries but will be aware that Championship football is not what he needs to be playing right now.

This was never happening

I might end up eating my words come Friday when Chris Wilder pulls a rabbit out of his hat but I’ve said from day one that this deal would not happen.

The money just isn’t there. Bournemouth aren’t going to sell for peanuts and they’ve already made a fortune selling Callum Wilson, Aaron Ramsdale, and Nathan Ake, so there’s no desperation from their point of view.

Even a loan deal would be hard to do. That would mean us guaranteeing a summer fee for Brooks of around £30m and more. And given we might end up going down, that’s just not very sensible.

It’s time to move on from this one for everyone. Although I’d happily end up with egg on my face come Friday evening!

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